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Dooley Center earns award from Kansas Department of Aging
The Dooley Center, Mount St. Scholastica’s on-site skilled nursing facility for monastery elders, is one of just 10 nursing homes to receive a 2015 PEAK 2.0 Award from the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. Read more.

Pre-Thanksgiving shopping benefits Keeler Women's Center
Shop at the Overland Park Ten Thousand Villages store the week before Thanksgiving, use our coupon and a portion of your purchase will benefit the Keeler Women's Center, one of the ministries of Mount St. Scholastica. Read more. 

Dooley Center receives award for excellence
The Dooley Center received an award for customer satisfaction, placing it in the top 10 percent of care facilities in the United States. Read more. 

Atchison spiritual formation programs start in September
If you're in Atchison on Thursdays, you might want to stop by Mount St. Scholastica for a pair of spiritual formation programs led by Sisters Gabrielle Kocour and Sheila Carroll. Read more

Directors named for Mount ministries
Sister Carol Ann Petersen has been named the director of the Sophia Center, and Sister Bridget Dickason has been named director of the Keeler Women's Center. Read more.

Sisters celebrate monastic anniversaries
Six Benedictine Sisters from Mount St. Scholastica celebrated monastic anniversaries in July. Five celebrated 50 years, the sixth celebrated 25. Read more about the jubilee and jubilarians.

Benedictine students study stained glass history
Students from Benedictine College examined the history and significance of the stained glass windows in our Choir Chapel for a "Discovery Day" project. Read more.

Meet Sister Molly: Storyteller, teacher
Sister Molly Brockwell is one of four sisters who celebrated a silver jubilee last summer. She's a teacher, a storyteller and a student. Read her story.

Jail ministry puts Gospel into action
Sister Maria Larkin takes seriously the Gospel mandate to visit those who are in prison. Every week, she makes her way to the Atchison County Jail to visit the inmates incarcerated there. Read her story

Lenten project exceeds expectations
Sister Barbara Smith offered a Lenten challenge to students at St. Benedict Catholic School in Atchison, and they responded in a big way. See the story.

Lenten reflection: Jesus and the road not taken
At each of the vigils of the Sundays of Lent, one of our sisters gives a reflection based on the scripture readings for evening praise that night. Sister Genevieve Robinson considered unfulfilled expectations and the road not taken in her reflection for the Vigil of Palm Sunday.

Broadway performer appears at Mount April 12
Broadway singer and actor (and Benedictine College grad) Kingsley Leggs will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 12, in St. Scholastica Chapel at Mount St. Scholastica as part of the "Concerts at the Mount" concert series. Tickets are $12 at the door, $5 for students. Get the details. 

Join us for Holy Week observances
The Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica are opening their doors to the public for three services during the Triduum, or Three Days that begin with the Holy Thursday Mass on Thursday, April 2, and end with the Easter Vigil Saturday, April 4. See the schedule here.

Lenten reflection: Entering the salvation story with love
At each of the vigils of the Sundays of Lent, one of our sisters gives a reflection based on the scripture readings for evening praise that night. Sister Thomasita Homan spoke about how love changes everything. Read her reflection.

Lenten reflection: God's grace makes all things new
At each of the vigils of the Sundays of Lent, one of our sisters gives a reflection based on the scripture readings for evening praise that night. Sister Eleanor Suther considered the darkness of the world and the hope that God's grace gives all a fresh start. Read her reflection

Lenten reflection: Clearing out the clutter
At each of the vigils of the Sundays of Lent, one of our sisters gives a reflection based on the scripture readings for evening praise that night. Sister Judith Sutera wrote about Jesus clearing the temple marketplace, and wondered if we have clutter that needs to be cleared from our individual temples. Read her reflection

Sister Kathleen Egan to mark a century
Sister Kathleen Egan will celebrate her 100th birthday on March 13, and we're inviting her friends, students, colleagues and partners in peace to send her a greeting. Learn where to send your cards and letters, and read about her remarkable life. 

Lenten reflection: Being transformed by faith
At each of the vigils of the Sundays of Lent, one of our sisters gives a reflection based on the scripture readings for evening praise that night. Sister Barbara Ann Mayer writes about being transformed by faith for the vigil of the second Sunday of Lent. Read her reflection.

Top Benedictine visits the Mount
When Abbot Primate Notker Wolf visited Mount St. Scholastica on Feb. 10, he sat down for an interview with Sister Barbara Ann Mayer. See what he had to say.

Keeler group has a way with words
For ten years, women writers have been honing their craft at the Keeler Women's Center women writers group. The group gathers monthly to share their written words. Read more about the group and see how you can become part of it.

Lenten reflection: Embrace our role in the body of Christ
At each of the vigils of the Sundays of Lent, one of our sisters gives a reflection based on the scripture readings for evening praise that night. Sister Deborah Peters turned to an artwork for inspiration for the Vigil of the First Sunday of Lent. Read more.

Ash Wednesday message encourages us to release our bindings
Sister Anne Shepard suggests that the Lenten season is a good time to remove habits and actions that bind us. Her inspiration was the story of Lazarus being raised from the dead. Read more.

Sister Barbara Smith reflects on trip to Honduras
In March 2014, Sister Barbara Smith traveled to Honduras with a group of Benedictine College students as part of the Water With Blessings program. Read her reflection on the trip, see photos and read a student's perspective. 

Winter 2014 Threshold available online
The Winter 2014 Threshold is now available online! It's in PDF format for you to download and enjoy. Read articles about our sisters who celebrated their jubilees in July, an interview with noted author Kathleen Norris, and more.

Two receive Wangari Maathai Discovery Awards
The Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica have named Benedictine College students Caleb Schmitz and Emily Dyer as winners of the inaugural Maathai Discovery Awards. The award honors Wangari Maathai, a 1964 graduate of Mount St. Scholastica College who received the Nobel Peace Prize for her work to support democracy, peace and sustainable development in her home country of Kenya. Read more

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Silver Jubilarians 2014

Congratulations to our Silver Jubilarians:  Sisters Molly Brockwell, Oanh Pham, Bridget Dickason, and Susan Barber. Please join us in thanking God for their answering "yes" to God's call and their faithfully living this monastic life with us for 25 years. Pray, too, that they may continue to be faithful to their vows through all the days of their lives.
Press Release 
Sister Anne Shepard's reflection given at the Jubilee Eucharist on 13 July 2014 Monastic SpringsSister Paula Howard’s story of the past 50 years of the history of Mount St. Scholastica is now available. Read more about it and find out how to purchase a copy.

Upcoming Monastic Experience

Monastic Experience is designed to introduce you to our life in community through a retreat that includes discussion on Benedictine prayer, ministry, monastic life and the history of our community. We welcome you to join us in prayer and at table, in work, in quiet and in social time.  Call or email Sister Barbara Smith for more information about upcoming monastic experiences.

All of the monastic experience days begin at 8:00 am - 7:30 pm and, if needed, arrangements can be made for overnight stays if traveling long distances.
Email: vocation at mountosb.orgor phone (913) 360-6219.

150th Anniversary

This past year we have celebrated the 150th anniversary of our founding. Read about our Sesquicentennial Celebrations here.

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Solar Panels
These solar panels were installed
on the Dooley Center roof in the fall
of 2014. 

Group at Game
Sisters Judith Suter, Melissa Letts,
Elizabeth Carrillo, and Jodi Hart
enjoy a game.

Having fun

Sisters Lou Whipple and Elaine Fischer
take some children on a ride.

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